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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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A.I). 1213.] CIIAICTEIt OF KING JOHN. for the day of our Lord's ascension was drawing near, when he feared that, according to the prophecy of l'eter the hermit mentioned above, he should with his life lose the temporal a well as the eternal kingdom. Being therefore driven to despair by these and the like reasons he yielded to the persuasions of I'audulph, and, although not without pain, he granted the underwritten form of peace; he also swore by the holy gospels in the presence of 1'nndulph, that he would he obedient to the church's sentence, and sixteen of the most powerful nobles of the kingdom swore on the soul of the king himself, that, should he repent of his promise, they would, to the utmost of their power, compel him to fulfil it. Charter of king John fur giving satisfaction to the archbishop and monk ι of Canterbury, and other prêtâtes of England, and for the restitution if their confiscated property. On the Kith day of May, which was the Monday next preceding Ascension day, the king and I'andulph with the carls, barons, and a large concourse of people, met at Dover and there they unanimously agreed to the underwritten form of peace :— ••John /tin;/ of England, to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting.— By these our letters patent, sealed with our seal, we wish it known, that, in our presence and by our commands, these our four barons, namely, William earl of Salisbury, our brother, Reginald count of Boulogne, William earl Waronne, and William count of Kerrars, have sworn, on our sold, that we will in all good faith keep the subscribed peace in all things. We therefore in the first place solemnly and absolutely swear, in the presence of the legate, to abide by the commands of our lord the pope, in all the matters for which we. have been excommunicated by bint, and that we will observe strict peaec anil a fiord full security to those venerable men, Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, William bishop of London, Eustace bishop of I'ly, Giles of Hereford, .Jocelyn of Bath, and Hubert of Lincoln, the prior and monks of Canterbury, Robert Eitz-Walter, and Eustace ile Ve.-ei, and also to the rest of the clergy and laity connected with this matter: we, at the same time, in the presence of the same legate or delegate, publicly make oath that we will not injure them in property, or cause or permit them to he


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